Almost all areas of activity can be traced the influence of innovative technologies. Today it is rare in what apartment or on an industrial object you can find an interior, the design of which would not use tiles. The popularity of this finishing material is explained by the fact that it is environmentally safe, perfectly tolerates exposure to direct sunlight, is resistant to moisture and is easy to care for.
Why do I need grout
In the process of repair, ceramic tile allows you to create perfectly smooth surfaces that have been around for decades. But if you manage to perfectly lay tiles, you can understand that it is not perfect if its installation is not completed by applying the grout to the joints. Special compositions are used for this, the correct selection of which ensures the elimination of defects and irregularities arising during installation.
Reviews of epoxy grout characteristics
Epoxy tile grout, according to buyers, is a mixture that is highly processable and is made on the basis of epoxy resin. The use of this composition is important if the premises are in conditions of constant exposure to moisture, harmful factors and household chemicals. If cement grout were used in this case, then, according to users, it would quickly lose its performance characteristics.
In addition to the resin, an organic catalyst is added to the ingredients, which acts as a hardener. If we compare such grouting with one-component compositions, it can be noted that with the help of the above-mentioned ingredients it is possible to achieve high strength of the seams, which have a rather long service life.
Epoxy grout tile, according to consumers, has many minor fillers that are designed to increase the visual appeal of the composition, giving the effect of mother of pearl and gold. It is important to remember that this grout is highly resistant to moisture. If the liquid gets to the surface, it will not be absorbed and will not roll, which increases the operating life of the mixture and distinguishes it from traditional compositions. The area of use of the material is expanding, because it is resistant to chemical agents that could serve as damaging factors.
Reviews about the application
Epoxy tile grout can be used for interior and exterior use. Application of the composition can be carried out, according to buyers, on the seams between natural stone and glass tiles. The scope of use is wide enough, the grout can be applied:
- when facing walls and floors in bathrooms, kitchens and corridors;
- when grouting joints after facing shower enclosures, pools and saunas;
- after facing the steps of the floors and walls outside;
- in the arrangement of the system "warm floor";
- when grouting joints whose width varies from 1 to 15 mm.
In the latter case, it is an alternative to conventional trowels.
Grout for epoxy tile, according to buyers, has a fairly long life, due to the characteristics of the mixture. The material is characterized by high strength characteristics, it is resistant to color, even if the surface will always be affected by the sun's rays.
Consumers emphasize that epoxy tile grout is not sensitive to temperature changes. It is able to maintain its performance characteristics over a wide range of temperatures, which varies from -20 to +100 ° С. Material does not show tendency to shrinkage and cracking after drying. Consumers like that the composition is resistant to acids and alkalis, as well as some other chemicals. It is hypoallergenic, which expands its use.
Feedback on deficiencies
Epoxy grout tile, according to buyers, has some drawbacks, which are expressed in the high price, as well as the characteristics of use and dismantling activities. To apply grout, you should have special skills, only then you can expect that you will be able to achieve high-quality results.
Consumers consider the rather high speed of hardening a disadvantage, which is not always convenient when carrying out installation work, this quality is due to the presence of resins in the composition. You will have to spend extra, because grouting is quite expensive, this also applies to consumables. According to the users, it will be possible to replace the mixture only with a tile or with the use of a special chemical composition.
Reviews about grout "litokol"
Epoxy grout for tile Litokol is today quite common material used in the filling of joints. This composition is an active two-component mixture that is resistant to alkalis and acids, and also has the ability to not paint the tile. The first component consists of:
- silicon filler;
- epoxy resin;
As for the second ingredient, it involves the use of catalysts. This material, according to users, can be used for internal and external works, it is successfully combined with:
- ceramic granite;
- mosaic tiles;
- tiled tiles;
- natural stone.
This epoxy grout for tiles, reviews of which are the most positive, is offered for sale in an extensive range of colors. Users like the catalog to find 94 shades, some of which have the effect of gold, silver and metallic. The manufacturer even offers a fluorescent grout. When consumers try to find a mixture that will be in contact with chemical media, they often prefer the described composition, as they are not afraid of aggressive operating conditions.
This epoxy tile grout has one distinctive feature, which is expressed in absolute water resistance, mechanical strength, high elasticity and resistance to scratches and cracks. The mixture, according to consumers, is also good because it has antifungal effect. It is able to undergo sharp fluctuations in temperature, and operational characteristics do not change. It is possible to use such a grout at a temperature range from -20 to +100 ° C, while the surface of the material does not tarnish and does not lose its original appearance.
Instructions for using epoxy grout
In order to work with the grout it was more comfortable, professionals recommend purchasing some tools, among them:
- electric drill;
- rubber spatula;
- combined cellulose sponge;
- rubber gloves.
Electric drill should be equipped with a mixer, which is needed for the preparation of the trowel mixture. To apply the grout, use a rubber spatula with a handle. A cellulose sponge can easily be replaced with regular foam rubber, but it will quickly fail. Sponge also contributes to the rapid and convenient formation of seams, in the process of work retains performance. With its help you can process up to 30 m 2 tiles.
If you will use epoxy grout for tiles, it will be easiest to do everything when a skipper is available. It is a bucket with rollers for spin. You should also take care of the presence of graters, which should have cellulose nozzles. This device is used to remove residual mixture.
Instructions for the formation of a seam
Filling of seams is made on a small site. Still wet grout must be sanded. In the next step, you need to take clean water and a sponge. Grouting tiles with epoxy grout is done on a dry surface.
As soon as the seams are almost ready, you should replace the water and the sponge to continue work in the next section and so, part by part, bring it to the end. Grout for a long time retains a liquid state. Nevertheless, it is better to prepare for each site a new batch. As soon as the material is in the seams, it is necessary to refuse to use the surface, this applies to the floor covering. It is recommended to start walking on the floor only after 5 days.
Epoxy grout tiles, instructions for use which will help you avoid mistakes, should be moistened with a spray gun 60 minutes after the formation of the seam. Then the surface is smoothed with a finger.
The next day, you can remove the epoxy coating with a concentrated mixture. To do this, the surface of the tile is sprayed with a concentrate, the time specified in the instruction is expected, and after that the surface is cleaned. To do this, use a washing vacuum cleaner or self-squeezing mop.